First Emmanuel Sanders, and then Eric Decker visited the headquarters of the Broncos Corporation.
Englewood, Colorado. When they estimate an injury recovery period of 4 to 6 weeks, it never happens earlier, and a late target date is often missed.
From now on, Jonas Griffiths has the right to say that he is a fast healer. After suffering a dislocated left elbow in Game Two of the Denver Broncos’ first pre-season game on August 13 against the Dallas Cowboys, Griffith was expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.
He was back in training on Tuesday, just 24 days after the injury and was fully involved in practice on Thursday.
“From the time that happened, I’ve been holding off on getting ready for the first week,” Griffiths said before practice on Thursday. “The coaching staff and the doctors put together a very good plan to get me ready. It’s 99% as strong as the other arm, so it feels really good.”
Griffith was acquired from San Francisco around this time last year for team-specific purposes, but he ended up starting his last four games last year as an indoor linebacker who lost player after player through injury. Now begins the inaugural season against the Seahawks in Seattle.
“This is something I dreamed of as a kid playing a game in an atmosphere like this,” Griffiths said. “Now you have to go out there and play and help the team win.”
The popular #2 receivers at UCHealth Training Center have been running this week. Emmanuel Sanders’ retirement party was Wednesday. On Thursday, Eric Decker appeared. His wife, country music star Jesse James Decker, plays at the Ogden Theater on Thursday.
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“I decided to pop up and see the guys and check out the facilities,” Decker said.
Was it all this time? Decker was a Bronco from 2010 to 2013. Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse was established in 2014. All renovations to the headquarters and training center were made two years later. In the third round of the draft in 2010, Decker appeared during Tebow’s 2011 season with 44 team-leading catches for 612 yards and 8 touchdowns, then set big numbers for Peyton Manning in 2012-13.
Decker had 85 catches for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012. The following year, he had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. He then became a free agent and ended up raising $25.5 million over his next four seasons.
And it wasn’t just Peyton. In 2015, Decker had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 landings.
After Sanders and Decker, all the Broncos need is for Ed McCaffrey to steer clear of his coaching duties in northern Colorado to visit Friday and former amigo Mark Jackson to stop by Saturday, and the Series 2 recipients will be complete.
It may not be Russell Wilson. But former Seattle NFL quarterback Jeno Smith has three major goalscorers in DK Metcalfe, Tyler Lockett and former Broncos end Noah Fant. And Smith is better than a professional backup, according to Justin Simmons Safety in the Broncos.
“Geno is a great quarterback,” Simmons said. “When he backs off, a lot of times he knows exactly what he’s going to get. Like I said, when you have a good running game, like in Seattle, it makes your timing go by that much more important. For him when he’s there, he has that mental clock and does DK And Lockett did a good job opening up. Now, adding a wrinkle with Noah. He’s known about it for a long time – a big tight end in this league. It adds an extra layer to their passing game and will be challenging us in the background.
“Geno is obviously a great quarterback. He’s been in the league for a long time. He knows what he’s doing, he knows what he’s looking at and it would be fun to go after him.”
High praise for the quarterback who started his first two seasons with the New York Jets but only five in the six seasons since. Smith has 34 touchdowns to 37 interceptions in his career. He went 1-2 as a substitute for injured Wilson last year.
Griffith’s linebacker partner Josie Jewell (calf) was limited in practice on Thursday, as was the correct handling of Billy Turner (knee), outside linebacker Randy Gregory (shoulder/knee) and hole receiver KJ Hamler (knee/hip). Turner, Gregory and Humler were gradually making their way back from off-season surgeries.
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